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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
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PM probe: Olmert files motion to suppress Talansky deposition

High Court denies Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's motion to suppress Moshe Talansky’s pre-trial deposition citing it may hinder PM's right to due process. Dramatic testimony expected in 10 days

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert  attorneys filed a motion to suppress Moshe Talansky's pre-trial deposition, Thursday, with the High Court. The motion was denied, and Talansky's deposition remained scheduled for May 25.


The petition noted that the decision to allow Talansky to be deposed prior to any decision about an indictment will harm the prime minister's chances of due legal process. Shula Zaken, Olmert’s former bureau chief, also submitted a petition regarding the matter, via her legal counsel.


Olmert’s attorneys believe that a enforcing the ruling allowing Talansky to testify may hinder the investigation into the alleged monetary transactions between the two


Earlier this week, the Jerusalem District Court granted Attorney General Menachem Mazuz’s motion to have Talansky deposed.


The pre-trial deposition will be considered – for all legal intents and purposes – as a would-be court testimony. State Prosecutor Moshe Lador told the court that Talansky "expressed before one of the police officers, a fear that Olmert would send someone to harm him.”


On the night of Israel’s Independence Day, the court allowed the publication of information revealing that Olmert was investigated for allegedly receiving cash payments from Talansky over a long period of time. Olmert has denied all the allegations.


פרסום ראשון: 05.15.08, 16:12
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